The season started 10 days later than first year coach Travis Wrightsman anticipated, but the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team got the year rolling on Friday night, December 4th, with a big win over Christian Academy of Madison, 54-37.
The opener was highlighted by junior Ben Hicks scoring a career high 27 points on nine field goals and three three-pointers.
Madison Christian got off to a fast start, outscoring Switzerland County by a 14-13 margin in the opening eight minutes. Hicks had eight of the Pacers first period points on a pair of three-pointers and a field goal, and freshman Jacob Williams also had a three-pointer. Nate Geyman also converted a bucket for Switzerland County.
Clay Carter had a big opening quarter for the Defenders, scoring nine points, including two three-pointers; while Chase Hoskins had the other five on a field goal and a three-pointer.
The Pacers began to take control in the second period, posting eight points while the Switzerland County defense held the Defenders to just four.
Austin Bosaw got hot for the Pacers in the second, hitting a three-pointer and adding a field goal for five points; while Cole Riley had a bucket and Geyman chipped in a freethrow.
Carter had all four points for the Defenders in the second, and the teams went to the halftime break with the Pacers leading, 21-18.
Out of the break, the Switzerland County offense got rolling in the third stanza, as the Pacers posted 20 points over the eight minute span.
Hicks led that charge, accounting for 10 points on five field goals; while Bryce Wrightsman drilled a three-pointer to aid the cause. Geyman and Riley each had baskets; Bryce Turner converted a pair of freethrows; and Williams also hit a freethrow.
CAM managed 11 points in the third, as Carter led with five and Elijah Kummer and Hoskins each hitting three-pointers.
With a period to play, Switzerland County held a 41-29 advantage.
The fourth quarter saw Switzerland County extend its lead, posting 13 points in the period while holding the Defenders to eight.
Hicks stayed hot in the fourth, accounting for nine points on three field goals and a three-pointer; and Wrightsman and Riley each chipped in baskets.
Hoskins had five points in the fourth for the Defenders, but it wasn’t enough, and the Pacers emerged with a 17-point win, 54-37.
Hicks led all scorers with 27 points; while balance contributed to the Pacer win up and down the roster.
Riley finished with six points; Geyman, Wrightsman and Bosaw each added five points; Williams contributed four points; and Turner added two.
Christian Academy was led by Carter with 21 and Hoskins with 13.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Christian Academy by a final score of 74-18.
Leading the blowout was Aiden Griffith with 18 points; while also scoring in double figures was Canaan Johnson with 12 and Colton Tolbert with 11.
Trace Johnson and Bradley Romans each had nine points; Aiden Furnish and Austin Hemingway each finished with six; and Dylan Sullivan added three.